Fiverr.Com Versus Popular Alternatives
Fiverr (two “R”s) is a site where online freelancer offer their services in the form of “gigs” to individuals looking to have work done.
Gig providers on Fiverr receive $4.00 dollars from each gig. This is how the company makes money. Because of the low price and strange gigs like:
- a beautiful young woman will flirt with your boyfriend;
- another woman will promote your product in a bikini while kicking a heavy bag;
- someone else will breakup with your girlfriend or boyfriend;
(you are getting the idea)
…and the TV publicity on morning and news programs, Fiverr has become a huge hit.
Problems with Fiverr
But there has been some problems with Fiverr. When you look for a person to give you the best quality service on Fiverr you use the rating system. But some report that many of the 99% ratings are faked! (Fiverrs will get a fake buyer account and buy from themselves and leave positive feedback).
Others have reported the annoying problem of someone taking your assignment and then after several days never delivering the service. Yes, you are able to get your money back but it’s still annoying having waited all that time and not getting the work.
Still others have claimed that the graphic design work on Fiverr is horrible. But you may want to take that with a grain of salt because many of these same people are designers trying to sell work on other sites (like Elance, Upwork, etc.) for more money.
Unhappy Gig Providers
Many gig providers have discovered that it’s just not worth the time spent and have moved on to other, more profitable, platforms.
Some of the gurus have ‘courses’, and even software, that claim to teach you how to get clients to pay you big bucks for services rendered by Fiverrs. It’s called brokering and you will be the middleman collecting the profit. But with so many people being familar with Fiverr these days one wonders how this could even been done.
Fiverr was founded by Shai Wininger and Micha Kaufman in 2009. Wininger came up with the concept of a marketplace that would provide a two sided platform for people to buy and sell a variety of digital services typically offered by freelance contractors. Services offered on the site include writing, translation, graphic design, video editing and programming. Fiverr’s services start at $5, which is what the company’s name is based on and can go higher with Gig Extras. Each service offered is called a “Gig”.
Better Than Fiverr?
So what are the new sites giving Fiverr.Com a run for its money and should you use them?
Another website very similar to fiverr. Only, it hosts $4 gigs. The rest is the same. 20% commission, payment through PayPal, similar interface, etc. Not better than fiverr, but definitely worth a shot.
GigBucks is is a very popular alternative to Fiverr. It hosts gigs for all the categories found on fiverr. It gives freelancers the opportunity to charge an appropriate amount of money for their services. A gig can be anywhere in the range of $5 to $50, definitely a big step up from the $4 on fiverr. Just like Fiverr, joining is absolutely free. And you can post as many gigs as you like. A must try for existing fiverr users or other people.
Zeerk is another big fish up for grabs. Working at Zeerk can be much more worth your while. You can charge as much as $100 per gig! Now, services can charged appropriately and no one needs feel left out! For small jobs such as $2 or $5 jobs, there is no commission! And I thought Fiverr was cool!
SeoClerks contains gigs relating to SEO, internet marketing, and other such web services. The great thing about it is, it offers the widest range of money you can ask for your gigs. You could either ask for $1 for a petty job, or you could ask as much as $999 for a high value project. Web masters would love this website. Just visit it and see what i’m talking about.
TenBux is very similar to Fiverr. A lot similar, in fact. It has a similar interface, which is simple and easy to use. It has almost all of the categories Fiverr has. Only big difference is, it allows $10 per gig, twice of what fiverr would allow. Out of the $10, you get $8, which is the exact commission rate as it is with fiverr.
This website is a lot better than fiverr or some of its alternatives. For one, it pays out through both PayPal and AlertPay. Here, you can host any type of gig for $5, and some other multiples of 3; $3, $6, $9, $12, $15, $27, $45, and $90. Not bad eh? Sign up now and show the world what you’ve got!
This is another copy, if not a clone of fiverr. The name, you can see. But the interface is a little similar too. The good thing is, it has a lower commission rate than fiverr. And it allows you to post gigs ranging from $1 to $10. So that’s pretty useful as far as categorization of work is concerned. But the problem here is, giggers have to post gigs with lower and lower rates to attract clients. And I must say, $1 is too low for any kind or work, unless it involves suggesting a name or slogan or something.